As a potentially historic blizzard of massive proportions is bearing down on the Northeast, states of emergencies and travel bans have been put in effect for several US cities and states. As tens of millions of people in the Northeast are bracing for the historic blizzard that could dump several feet of snow, over 7000 flights have been grounded in the region. The big winter storm is expected to intensify overnight Monday wherein it will deliver strong winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, making travel all-but-impossible. Grocery and hardware store shelves across the region were quickly emptied by anxious shoppers preparing for the big storm. Schools, businesses and government offices shut their doors and won’t open until further notice as the massive snowstorm will make travel very hazardous.
The National Weather Service said that the storm could dump 2 to 4 inches of snow per hour overnight in New York City and that the snow will drift due to strong whipping winds, creating a very dangerous situation. Mayor Bill de Blasio told city residents Monday afternoon not to let their guard down as this snowstorm is going to pose a major threat. He also told people to head home and stay there as it will be too dangerous to be out and about. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo said that at 11pm Monday, travel restrictions will be in effect for NYC subways and buses as well as for commuter rail lines running into and out of Staten Island. Cuomo also said that a road travel restriction will be in effect for 13 New York counties which means all vehicles will be banned from roads expect for emergency vehicles.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie also announced a similar travel ban for his state that would also start at 11pm Monday. The city of Boston stopped all public transit for Tuesday while officials for the state of Massachusetts urged people to go home and stay put. Amtrak also stopped its service on many of its busiest lines including those running between NYC and Boston. There will be no flights coming or going out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport Tuesday due to the massive blizzard. There are also flight cancellations and restrictions in place for numerous other airports in the Northeast.